1743: Born at Shadwell in Albemarle County, Virginia, April 13.
1762: Graduated from the College of William and Mary.
1767: Admitted to the bar; began practicing law.
1769-1775: Served in the Virginia House of Burgesses.
1772: Married Martha Wayles Skelton.
1775: Elected delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
1776: Appointed to the committee to draw up a proclamation of independence; drafted the Declaration of Independence.
1776-1779: Served in the Virginia legislature (House of Delegates).
1779-1781: Served as governor of Virginia.
1783-1784: Served as a delegate to Congress from Virginia.
1785: Published Notes on the State of Virginia.
1785: Appointed minister to France.
1790-1793: Served as secretary of state.
1797-1801: Served as vice president
1801-1809: Served as third president of the United States.
1819: University of Virginia chartered.
1826: Died at Monticello, July 4.